A painful and knotted nasogastric tube

Tapiawala, Shruti Niranjan; Al Riyami, Dawood; Cole, Edward
February 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;2/26/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 5, p568
Academic Journal
The article discusses the case of a 35-year old man who had a knotted nasogastric tube in his nasopharynx. The nasogastric tube was inserted before the man underwent a surgical procedure. The patient experienced an excruciating pain in his nasopharynx when the tube was being removed. Radiography showed that the tube was coiled in the patient's stomach and knotted in his nasopharynx. A McGill forceps was used to remove the tube through the oral cavity. Radiographs showing the nasogastric tube in the stomach and nasopharynx of the patient are presented.


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